Summary: Do we know Jesus as the Bread of Life.
WHO IS JESUS TO YOU? John 6:35-42
Have you ever had someone say something to you that was so unexpected that your first response was, “This can’t be real.”
• That’s what Jesus had just done here to the crowd of people that He was talking to.
Now let’s go back and put this into the context of the Scripture:
• The day before, Jesus had been teaching a huge crowd of people across the lake.
• The day grew long and the people grew hungry.
• The disciples wanted Jesus to send the people home so that they could get something to eat; but Jesus said, “No, you feed them.”
• They found a young boy there whose momma had packed him a lunch of five loaves of bread & two fish, which he willingly gave to Jesus.
• Jesus blessed the food, and gave it to the disciples to pass out to the crowd.
• Everyone ate all that they could, and there were 12 baskets leftover.
Later, Jesus sends the disciples across the lake and he goes off alone to pray.
• When He’s through, Jesus comes walking on the water to the disciples, gets in the boat with them and they go on to Capernaum.
• The next morning, the people that were still around, see that Jesus has gone and so they get into boats and go looking for Him.
• Here they find Him and are speaking with Him.
I). It’s here that Jesus makes that startling statement to them.
A). Now if you remember, Jesus had just told them that God the Father is the one who gives the true bread that comes from Heaven.
• They had been talking about the bread (manna) that fell from Heaven, that Moses gave the people in the wilderness during the Exodus.
• Jesus tells them that it wasn’t Moses who gave them that bread ~ but God!
B). Jesus then tells them that the “true bread” of God which comes from heaven gives life to the world.
• What’s their response? “Give us some of that bread!”
C). Then Jesus goes and says it: (read v. 35)
• You can just about picture those people’s jaws dropping open!
• I can hear several of them whispering: “What did he just say? He doesn’t really believe that does he? Who does He think he is?”
II). You know that’s what they were saying, just skip down to verse 41: (read vv. 41,42)
A). They complained about Him because He said that He was the bread of life that came down from heaven.
• They murmured! Aren’t you glad that we don’t have any murmuring in the church today!
• The literal translation is that they said, “bitter things.”
• Christians never say bitter things against others do they? We would never say bittier things against anyone else!
• It’s the same word in the Hebrew that is used in the Old Testament when the children of Israel murmured against Moses.
B). What did they murmur: “You didn’t come down from heaven…you’re Mary and Joseph’s boy! We know your momma and daddy!”